RNLI fundraisers appeal for 5p pots.

Lifeboats News Release

Fundraising volunteers in Whitby are appealing for the mini jam jars.

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

The Friends of Whitby Lifeboat in the Endeavour Pub Whitby where you can collect and drop off 5p pots.
The 5p pots fundraiser was originally launched in Hertford by Betty Frith who sadly passed away shortly after its launch, but her legacy continues around the country and here in Whitby, Betty Bayliss, who coincidentally has the same name, has been heading up the appeal.

So far in Whitby over £12,000 has been raised for the charity, part of over £400,000 raised nationally. But Whitby RNLI are in need of more jam jars to keep the fundraiser running.

Betty Bayliss said: 'We have had a great reaction to this fundraiser so far since its launch in 2015, but after the pandemic it has slowed down a bit so we are appealing for people to donate their empty mini pots.

Any empty jars, or full jars of 5ps may be brought to Whitby RNLI shop, Whitby RNLI station or to the Endeavour pub on church Street.

Betty added: 'It is surprising how quickly these small pots of 5ps add up, if you can spare a few of the coins from your pocket or purse they help to provide essential equipment for the RNLI volunteers in Whitby.'

If you would be willing as a business to hold empty jars for people to collect please let us know.

The Friends of Whitby Lifeboat (FOWLS) are a group of volunteers in Whitby who regularly hold events to raise funds for the charity. Their next fundraiser is 'Treat Your Feet for Whitby Lifeboat' on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December. No appointment is required and there will be mulled wine, mince pies and a tombola at Whitby Podiatry, Chiropody and Foot Care on Skinner Street.

If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more about the FOWLS please contact [email protected]

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